Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Last week the ETU bought together delegates from the lift industry to discuss issues effecting the sector. Delegates from all the major lift companies were present with ETU Organiser Steve Bankes also attending.

Some of the key industry issues raised included:

  • Single person / 2 person tasks.
  • Introduction of technology into the sector affecting employees including – GPS Tracking, Finger print (vein) entry to buildings and security of personal information.
  • Electrical licensing.
  • Apprentices, including – licensing, E-Profile sign off if only doing lift industry electrical work rather than general electrical work.
  • Asbestos in lift motor rooms.
  • Industry deaths in New Zealand.
  • Motion put forward to hold an annual industry wide mass meeting of all members
  • Training for Delegates, and
  • Support for the CUB workers in Victoria.

ETU Organiser Steve Bankes said that the meeting was productive and engaging with delegates driving discussion around issues that affect all ETU members in the sector regardless of who they work for.



The NSW Branch of the ETU/CEP has donated $10,000 towards the fighting fund to support the 55 sacked CUB workers in Melbourne who are members of the ETU and the AMWU.

On top of this NSW construction industry members chipped in a further $2,000 out of their own pocket while an AMWU/ETU fundraiser last Wednesday night saw another $5,000 raised bringing the total to almost $20,000.

ETU Secretary Steve Butler said that the actions of CUB were un-Australian which is a far reach from a company that trades so heavily on what it is to be an Australian.

“As an act of solidarity these funds will be provided to help support the effected workers and assist their campaign for full re-instatement” said NSW Secretary Steve Butler.

“This is what being union is all about, standing united and supporting each other in times of need.”

“I have personally visited the picket line in Melbourne and I have meet these workers and understand what they are going through as a result of this bastard act from their employer.”

“I am proud of our membership in NSW for stepping up to the plate to support our brothers and sisters in Victoria during this dispute.” said Steve.

“I encourage all members, their families and friends to consider supporting other brands when next visiting the local bottle shop.” Steve said

ETU members at Fuji Xerox business machines downed tools today for a 24 hour period after the company refused to include fairness provisions in a new enterprise agreement.

Negotiations have been ongoing for some time with the company originally wanting to strip back wages and conditions to pre 1996 levels however through union power and negotiations Fuji Xerox has been unable to achieve this.

A number of fairness provisions remain outstanding which employees at Fuji Xerox want to see included in any new agreement, these include:

  1. The introduction of a clause which stops FXA implementing major change without resolving differences with employees that the changes may have a severe effect on.
  2. A modest increase in wages.
  3. Flexibility from the company on travelling time for employees being sent from one side of Sydney to the other that currently have unreal expectations placed on them.

ETU Organiser Mark Buttigieg said that Fuji Xerox workers were left with no option but to down tools for a period for 24 hours in an attempt to unlock the current stalemate over what are basic rights every worker should enjoy.

“It’s not as though we are demanding double digit pay increases or restrictive work practices” said Mark Buttigieg.

“The outstanding matters are basic rights that all workers should enjoy, it comes down to fairness and realistic expectations and we believe the company should come to the party on these matters” Mark said.

“Today’s action saw a great turnout from members at Fuji Xerox and shows that these highly skilled workers are prepared to stand by each other to secure a decent and fair outcome.”

“Following a stop work meeting held earlier today we are calling on management to return to the negotiating table and accept these fairness provisions.” said Mark.

Fuji Xerox Industrial Action

Posted on 18-8-2016

FXA members and supporters,

As you all know the negotiations with Fuji Xerox have been tough and protracted. Remember where this started – with Fuji wanting to strip away numerous conditions and pay which had been hard fought for over many years.

Let’s remember FXA’s starting position which would have taken the Agreement backwards to a pre-1996 position;

  • Slash redundancy payments down to a 52 week cap for new starters. Playing off new employees against existing.
  • Eliminating the car allowance option for new starters. Again playing off new employees against existing.
  • Slashing the car allowance for existing employees down to $12,893 and an increase in the excess km threshold before allowing claims. (Originally they proposed ending the car allowance).
  • A measly $1000 annual increase to the base.
  • No other allowance increases .
  • Introduction of satellite vehicle tracking.

Thanks to the resoluteness and collective effort of ETU members these things were taken off the table and we are now at a point where we are fighting tooth and nail just to get some sensible improvements in the Agreement;

  1. The introduction of a clause which stops FXA implementing major change without having resolved differences with a group of employees who the changes may have a severe effect on.
  2. A modest increase in wages.
  3. A little bit of flexibility from FXA on travelling time for employees being sent from one side of Sydney to the other and being expected to be there at 8:30am.

It’s not too much to ask a multinational company with over a billion dollar turnover in Australia that makes huge profits. All we want is for them to treat their employees with decency by recognising their employee role in that profit by having a fair and reasonable Agreement.

In accordance with the unanimously supported resolution of the last mass meeting held at Rosehill Bowling Club on Thursday 11th August there is a legally sanctioned 24hr stoppage;

Commencing: Midnight tonight Thursday 18 August 2400hrs

Ending: Midnight Friday 19th August 2359Hrs.

All members are expected  to not attend duties during this time. Note there is no requirement under the Fair Work Act to inform your employer of your intention to take protected industrial action.

A mass meeting will be held tomorrow Friday 19th August: 10am Rosehill Bowling Club (Corner Hassall St / James Ruse Drive Rosehill.

This is a critical point in the negotiations and it is absolutely critical that everyone attends so we can hear everyone’s views and feedback.

Non-attendance will be taken as supporting whatever decision the meeting takes tomorrow.

ETU members are aware that we have been in negotiations for a new EBA that delivers improved pay and conditions. Members would also know that Aristocrat in recent years has hit the Jackpot so to speak, all you need to do is look at their performance over the past year, I have included this on the next page so members can understand exactly how well Aristocrat are doing.

After ONLY 3 EBA MEETINGS management have now told us that the next meeting, scheduled for 25 August, will be the final negotiating meeting. Rather than continue good faith negotiations management have said that they intend to circulate a new agreement for employees to vote on. So what are they offering? 


Aristocrat Can & Should Do Better…

In the past year Aristocrats share price has doubled. This has not been through management waiving a magic wand – this growth has been driven by the hard work and commitment from you, the workers.

Last year revenue grew by 47% to over $1 Billion and profits grew 53% to $372 million and on top of this shareholders received a 25% pay increase in their dividends.

So where to from here?

Through negotiations management and the union have been able to agree on some improvement such as Living Away from Home Allowance, Team Leader Allowance and we are working on options around personal use of work vehicles and cashing out of sick leave however nothing has been agreed to in these areas.


Members should take the time to update your details with the union to ensure you receive up to date information and any employee who is not currently a union member is encouraged to join. If you have any questions or would like to JOIN THE ETU, contact Ben Lister on 0400 264 007.


Fuji Xerox EBA Update - 12 August

Posted on 15-8-2016

Please click on the link below for the latest update on the Fuji Xerox EBA negotiations. This follows the four hour work stoppage last Thursday and provides additional information for members following a meeting with management last Friday.



The ETU NSW Branch has swung their support behind our Victorian brothers in their fight against Carlton & United Breweries after CUB contracted out the jobs of 54 electricians and fitters and offered the workers to reapply for their old jobs on 65% less pay.

The ETU NSW, AMWU and Unions NSW are hitting the streets tomorrow to raise awareness of this bastard act with members of the public. WE ARE ASKING ALL ETU MEMBERS TO ATTEND ONE OF THE ACTIONS OCCURING TOMORROW IN SYDNEY CBD, PARRAMATTA AND PENRITH.

We will be handing out flyer asking members of the public to boycott CUB products including VB. Details for each event can be found below - please click on the link for each event for full details.

SYDNEY CBD - CLICK HERE (Pitt St Mall, 12noon - 1pm Friday 12 August outside Myer handing out flyers. Contact Salim Babar: 0417 286 482)

PARRAMATTA - CLICK HERE (Pitt St Mall, 12noon - 2pm Friday 12 August outside Myer handing out flyers. Contact Iris Knight 0429 464 064)

PENRITH - CLICK HERE (Penrith Plaza - Riley St 12noon - 2pm outside Westfield entry/exit handing out flyers. Contact Mary Yaager 0408 931 899)


Members and supporters,

Your EBA negotiating committee met with FXA management on Monday 01st August 2016 in a bid to further progress the EBA claim. Further progress was made in the areas of the introduction of GPS and Travelling time. No progress was made in the areas of the pay claim and the introduction of a Status Quo provision for disputes.

Areas of progress on outstanding issues

GPS Tracking as stated in the last update the company has agreed to drop their claim for tracking employees. Instead the proposal is that a volunteer group of employees would participate in a pilot / trial program which would assist FXA in developing a model proposal to be put to employees with a view to subsequent implementation being subject to employee acceptance of the model. The ETU had requested more detail around the parameters on how the trial would be implemented and in the event of full implementation on what basis that would occur. Fuji as of yesterday have come up with the following detail in response;

Additional GIS information as proposed in EA Meeting 14

  • FXA would like to retain the ability to continue pilot phase testing of GIS with a target of no less than 20% of volunteer employees proportioned by state. To ensure geographic coverage we are seeking minimum of 2 engineers per team or 1 for smaller teams where 2  would be greater than 20%.
  • The pilot phase is to capture the benefits to the customer, the organisation and employees in order to validate benefits.
  • Clauses previously tabled regarding FXA assurances to be included in the EBA regarding the implementation of GIS stand.
  • 13.2 FXA undertakes that the introduction of global positioning technologies.
  • 13.2.1   Will not to be used as a disciplinary tool.
  • 13.2.2   Will not be sold to 3rd parties.
  • 13.2.3   Utilised within the privacy act 1988.
  • 13.2.4   Will not be used to track individuals outside of normal business hours of the employee including annual leave, RDO’s and personal leave.
  • The implementation of GIS will be subject to consultation with employee and union representation and can only be introduced through the life of this agreement with the consensus of a 75% majority of field acceptance through an employee vote.

Travelling Time As resolved at the mass meeting on Thursday 28th July, the Company’s proposal that payment of excess travelling time be paid only after travelling occurs over 35km outside the Technicians nominated district was deemed unacceptable.  This was communicated at the meeting with FXA as well as NSW members’ view that it was not a matter of compensation but leeway regarding start times. We made the point that the members believed such leeway should be time based not km based. In the same correspondence as the above GIS proposal FXA yesterday, have come up with the following graduated km based proposal;

First Call of the Day- Start Time Adjustment

It is proposed that calls assigned as first call of the day have a start time grace period under the following circumstances: From time to time to meet our customer obligations we may need to assign calls outside of the employees accustomed working area, or district.

Lack of progress on outstanding issues

Pay Rise The current company offer of a $2,000 pay rise in years 1 and 2 of the Agreement and $2,300 for years 3 and 4 stands, with FXA not prepared to offer any more.

Dispute Settlement Procedure (DSP) The current company proposal FXA of retaining the current DSP which has no provision for invoking of status quo remains the company position notwithstanding the fact that the ETU has proposed a set of limiting circumstances under which status quo could be invoked.

At the last mass meeting NSW members gave unanimous delegated authority to take more protected industrial action if a suitable resolution was not reached. As a result a 4hr legal industrial action stoppage of work will occur between the hours of 1:00pm and 5pm Thursday 11th August July 2016. During this time members should attend a stop work meeting to be held at Rosehill Bowling Club, Hassall St, Rosehill. As of 1pm, members should be proceeding to their allocated job then proceed to the above location for the meeting. Your attendance at the meeting is critical.

If you are not a member of the union it is illegal to take this protected industrial action. If are not in the ETU and you want to do the right thing and join in a collective effort to help you and your mates – please go to the website and join today.

In Unity,
0417 208 447 | markb@etunsw.asn.au

Last night a construction worker was killed in a catastrophic incident on a Canberra building site. First and foremost, the ETU wishes to extend its deep and sincere condolences to the family and friends of the worker who lost his life last night. Our thoughts go out the workers on the site that lost a friend and comrade in such catastrophic circumstances.

From what we know of the incident so far, a crane driver from Sydney was killed when he was struck by the boom of a crane that rolled over during an on-site operation that went horribly wrong. The crane driver was assisting in the operation at the time and was not operating the crane that rolled over.

Electrical workers from Heyday 5 in Canberra were working in conjunction with the site crane crew to relocated a large generator from one area of the site to another. A worker was killed when he was struck by the boom of the non-slewing mobile crane (franna) after it rolled over during the placement of the load. Whilst the electrical workers were not injured as a result of the incident they have undoubtedly witnessed a horrific and catastrophic event that will adversely impact on them psychologically as the initial  shock of the incident wears off. The ETU has made offers of support to the workers and to the company involved.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of how dangerous our industry can be and highlights the importance of being ever vigilant when it comes to workplace safety.

If you need assistance or you wish to talk to your ETU organiser please contact the ETU office on 02 9267 4844 and one of our memberhip services officers assist you.